In the Northwoods, there’s really nothing common about the common loon. Even when they are “common” they have a special place on any lake they inhabit.
In his faceWas painAs the angry mob crushed him against the door frameChanting “Stop the steal!” In his facewas disbeliefAs they surged and pressed en masse Screaming “Fuck the police!” In his face Was confusionWhen head was wrenched back and face shield removed And he heard “Fuck the blue!” In his faceWas agonyAs they surgedContinue reading “In His Face”
Are you familiar with the marshmallow test? This is a 1972 study by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel. Young children were offered an immediate small reward (1 marshmallow or pretzel stick) or a reward of two if they could wait a few minutes. After establishing trust with the children that the researcher would honor their offer,Continue reading “Have We Failed the Marshmallow Test?”
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. WeContinue reading “In Their Own Words”
This week’s essay is about the grandfather turtle.
We often seek strong leaders. It seems that during much of my memory, and maybe our country’s history we have admired and sought leaders that were “strong.” Though sometimes I think we have the wrong perception of what strength is. At some point we shifted from looking to strong leaders to strongmen as leaders. ThisContinue reading “The Courage to Compromise”
Our lives are in the soil. Mycorrhizal networks in the soil exist throughout the earth—from arctic to tropical biomes and running through the soil of the grasslands and tundra. This forms a nearly contiguous network very similar to the neural network of connections within the human brain. Stanley Kubrick’s character from 2001: A Space Odyssey,Continue reading “My God It’s Full of Stars”
It’s so easy. It’s so easy to feel bad. It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves. I’ve certainly been in that place many days the past few months. And when I think globally there is much over which we can fret and literally millions of people to worry about. It seems that there alwaysContinue reading “Finding Your Thanks”
“At its principled best, conservatism holds that liberal ends—the right of the individual to enjoy the maximum degree of freedom compatible with the right of his neighbor to do the same—are best secured by conservative means.” – Bret Stephens, New York Times, 11/2/20 Let’s examine that statement and ideal through this lens MLK’s vision ofContinue reading “Principled Conservatism”
I live in a country in which half of the people choose a president and party that promotes and then enacts policies that are overtly racists, cause harm to people, and enrich a few at the expense of many. I know that half would argue they are trying to create conditions in which all couldContinue reading “The World I Live In”